A discussion of continuing higher education, adult education, training,and related--and some unrelated--Tennessee topics.
Race to the top
Even Alabama and Louisiana do better Tennessee on the ACT. I know that it does make a difference when all of your graduates take the exam instead of just those interested in going to college, but still...When are we going to climb out of the bottom? From The Tennessean.
Tennessee continues to linger near the bottom of the U.S. in ACT scores, which hovered between 19 and 20 points in all four subject areas for a second year. Its composite score for 2011 graduates was 19.5, compared with 21.1 for the nation. The highest score possible is 36.
A report out today from the group that administers the college admissions test also shows only 15 percent of 2011 Tennessee graduates hit all four benchmarks that indicate career and college readiness.
But Tennessee is one of eight states that require all students to take the ACT before graduation, which drops its average score. Only Mississippi, which also tests 100 percent of graduates, posted a lower composite score, 18.7.
In 2009, Tennessee launched a stringent new curriculum and testing system aimed at readying students to compete with their peers nationwide.
Ain't just a term in football. The rates in Tennessee, and actually all over, should be better. From The Tennessean. College completion rates in Tennessee unacceptable, report says
While state efforts have helped boost college readiness and access to higher education, college completion rates remain “unacceptably low,” according to a report released Wednesday.
On average, less than 45 percent of students at Tennessee two- and four-year public colleges complete their degrees, according to Complete Tennessee’s “Room to Grow” report.
The low completion rates — Tennessee ranks 38th in the nation in public university graduation rates and 40th in community college graduation rates — could have repercussions for students and employers.
Students who don’t complete their college degrees are more likely to incur debt and have lower salaries and a lower quality of life, said Kenyetta Lovett, executive director of Complete Tennessee, a non-profit focused on increasing postsecondary access a…